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[shuhv] /ʃʌv/
verb (used with object), shoved, shoving.
to move along by force from behind; push.
to push roughly or rudely; jostle.
Slang: Often Vulgar. to go to hell with:
Voters are telling Congress to shove its new tax plan.
verb (used without object), shoved, shoving.
to push.
an act or instance of shoving.
Verb phrases
shove off,
  1. to push a boat from the shore.
  2. Informal. to go away; depart:
    I think I'll be shoving off now.
shove it, Slang: Often Vulgar. (used to express contempt or belligerence):
I told them to take the job and shove it.
Also, stick it.
shove it up your / one's ass, Slang: Vulgar. go to hell: a term of contempt, abuse, disagreement, or the like.
Also, stick it up your/one's ass.
when / if push comes to shove. push (def 35).
Origin of shove1
before 900; (v.) Middle English schouven, Old English scūfan; cognate with Dutch schuiven, obsolete German schauben, Old Norse skūfa; akin to Gothic -skiuban; (noun) Middle English scou, derivative of the v.
Related forms
shover, noun
unshoved, adjective


[shohv] /ʃoʊv/
boon3 .
apparently variant of shive2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for shove
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  • He then told me to shove off, which I did without waiting for a second order.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • With one shove the zinc-worker made his way through the crowd.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • For a while, it was kick backwards, then a shove at the safe.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • Well, shove in quinine, and keep him quiet, with hot bottles to his feet.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • Edward tumbled into the bottom of the boat, gasping, "shove her off!"

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
British Dictionary definitions for shove


to give a thrust or push to (a person or thing)
(transitive) to give a violent push to; jostle
(intransitive) to push one's way roughly
(transitive) (informal) to put (something) somewhere, esp hurriedly or carelessly: shove it in the bin
the act or an instance of shoving
See also shove off
Derived Forms
shover, noun
Word Origin
Old English scūfan; related to Old Norse skūfa to push, Gothic afskiuban to push away, Old High German skioban to shove
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Word Origin and History for shove

Old English scufan "push away, thrust, push with violence" (class II strong verb; past tense sceaf, past participle scoven), from Proto-Germanic *skeub-, *skub- (cf. Old Norse skufa, Old Frisian skuva, Dutch schuiven, Old High German scioban, German schieben "to push, thrust," Gothic af-skiuban), from PIE root *skeubh- "to shove" (cf. scuffle, shuffle, shovel; likely cognates outside Germanic include Lithuanian skubti "to make haste," skubinti "to hasten"). Related: Shoved; shoving.

Replaced by push in all but colloquial and nautical usage. Shove off "leave" (1844) is from boating. Shove the queer (1859) was an old expression for "to counterfeit money." Shove it had an earlier sense of "depart" before it became a rude synonym for stick it (by 1941) with implied destination.


c.1300; see shove (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shove



  1. To pass counterfeit money (1850+)
  2. o kill; hit: Who shoved her? (1940s+ Underworld)
  3. shove off (1856+)

Related Terms

know what one can do with something, push comes to shove, tell someone what to do with something

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